President Obama was in Oakland this week participating in the MBK Rising! summit. That's a great reason to highlight the work of My Brother's Keeper Alliance in today's Feel Good Friday.
My Brother's Keeper was launched by President Obama in 2014 as "a powerful call to action to close opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color." The MBK Alliance was launched as a nonprofit in 2015 to scale and sustain this mission and it became an initiative of the Obama Foundation in 2017.
The MBK Community Challenge, "to build safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear paths to opportunity" has been taken up by 250 communities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
Communities include groups such as: Oakland's Urban Strategies Council, working on eliminating persistent poverty in the Bay Area; Boston's Mass Mentoring Partnerships, Inc., serving mentoring and youth development programs; and San Juan's Puerto Rico Community Foundation a group that makes community philanthropic investments.
MBK Alliance forms a network with these communities and provides curated funding opportunities, technical assistance, courses through MBK University and invitations to national conventions like the one that just happened in Oakland. If you weren't in attendance, you can watch the main stage event with President Obama and Steph Curry here.
If you work with an organization that supports young men of color, you can register for the MBK network at this link. All of us can promote My Brother's Keeper Alliance by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter @MBK_Alliance.
Now that I've done that, I'm going to try and track Obama down to see if wants to come over for dinner.